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District 72 Update

Newsletter for March 30, 2020While the Legislature was not in session the last two weeks, things continued to evolve as state and national officials work to slow the spread of COVID-19. As legislators, we are continuing to work answering emails and phone calls from constituents, fielding phone ...

COVD-19

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Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

Summary of Aid in IowaIn an effort to help individuals and small business owners gain access to the resources available, I want to provide a summary sheet for my constituents. The web pages listed below will provide you with information on the current status of COVID-19 and methods to apply for ...

Solar compromise illuminates bright future for rural Iowa

After a lengthy fight during the 2019 Iowa legislative session, a unique coalition of agriculture and environmental groups joined forces with MidAmerican Energy, the state's largest investor-owned utility, to negotiate a consensus agreement to expand solar energy in Iowa. About a year later, ...

Early ACCESS: Being a baby is hard work

You don't have to be a child development expert to give a child a great start in life. In fact, it's surprisingly simple and fun. The first three years of life are a period of amazing growth in all areas of a baby's development. Children are learning through everything they do. Providing a ...

Empower property taxpayers with direct notification

Reducing the property burden is a priority for most Iowans. Cities and counties across Iowa are in the process of planning their budgets and holding public hearings. Government spending is at the heart of high property tax rates, and these budget hearings will not just establish what the city ...

Grassley: Prescription drug prices are increasing faster than inflation

A new study showed that from 2007 to 2018, prices for hundreds of drugs rose many times faster than the rate of inflation.List prices on 602 medicines rose by 159%, or 9% annually. After discounts and rebates, net prices increased by 60%, or 4.5% annually. That's 3.5 times the rate of ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

In The LegislatureThis week in the Senate we were finally able to spend more time debating bills on the Senate floor. It was a bit anticlimactic after the crazy pace of the last few weeks. I can assure you that feeling won't last long. In the first few days of debate one thing remains clear, ...

District 72 Update

District 72 NewsletterWeek seven of the session was marked by debate. Most of the bills we are running at this time are non-controversial bills, most receive unanimous or near unanimous support and only take a few minutes to introduce and pass on the House Floor with little or no debate. But ...